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Gummy Worms


Gummy Worms 3 Act Math - Adding and Subtracting With Part-Part-Whole Model

Early Addition and Subtraction With Part-Part-Whole Models In this task, we will start with something for our kindergarten to grade 3 friends focusing on early addition and subtraction with a part-part-whole model. In the first task, we will take it Estimation 180-style to spark curiosity and build number sense through estimation. However, in the sequel, we will fuel sense making by d...


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Using Tasks to Teach Lessons


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Instead of Teaching Lessons to Do Tasks Over the past 5 years, I’ve been exploring the use of Dan Meyer’s 3 Act Math Task approach in my math classroom and share many of my own tasks when facilitating workshops. After participants experience these tasks in the role of the student, they quickly understand why 3 act math tasks are useful. After their own curiosity is sparked, it would seem reason...


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Cover It Up!


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Last year, our district focused our system wide math content learning on number sense and numeration including counting and quantity principles, composing and decomposing numbers, addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division while exploring these concepts through a spatial perspective. This school year, we continue to our work in number sense and numeration by deepening our unde...


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Why I Ask Students to Notice and Wonder


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Recently, Jon Orr and I received some descriptive feedback from James Francis from Knowledgehook after watching us co-present a workshop titled “Making Math Moments That Matter” at the GECDSB Math Symposium. After sharing some of the pieces he really enjoyed, he also shared some constructive criticism: What I personally didn’t enjoy was the really general "what did you wonder" questioning that ...


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Exploding Dots for Global Math Week


Exploding Dots - Global Math Week - October 10th, 2017

Let's Get Over 1 Million Students Engaging in Joyous Math! If you've ever checked out my 3 act math tasks, you will quickly notice that I am all about sparking curiosity in order to fuel sense making for our students. Well, Exploding Dots nails the curiosity AND sense making pieces of the puzzle and with Global Math Week coming up next week, what better time than now to jump right in! It was o...


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Cheese and Crackers


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Fractions as Quotient and Fraction as Operator As I've mentioned before, working with fractions can be very difficult for both teachers to teach and students to understand. This reason could contribute to why so many math classrooms teach students fractions procedurally instead of building a conceptual understanding beforehand. My first attempt at tackling fractions in 3 acts was with the...


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Roll Up The Rim to Win


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Tim Hortons Introduces a Special Edition Roll Up The Rim for Canada's 150th Birthday! As I was sipping on a hot Tim Horton's Dark Roast coffee this morning during a meeting, I happened to notice a big "150" on my cup with that familiar yellow arrow we see when it is Roll Up The Rim to Win time here in Canada. Ironically, it was the second last day of the Canada 150 Math Challenge and I wasn't s...


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Massive Mosaic


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Sparking Curiosity to Promote Conceptual Understanding of Multiplication This task was inspired by Lynne Comartin; a friend from my former school, Tecumseh Vista Academy K-12. As you may know, I have been putting out a task a day for the #Canada150Math Challenge and luckily, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw this beautiful image: It had curiosity written all over it. ...


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Area of Saskatchewan


Area of Saskatchewan 3 Act Math - What Do You Notice? Wonder?

Introducing the Area of a Trapezoid and/or Composite Figures in 3 Acts Here we are in week 3 of the #Canada150Math Challenge and after finally moving west to North Vancouver to mathematize the Canada 150 Mountie salute on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, I thought we should head to the prairies to see what sort of math fun we could have there. This question was inspired by an old EQAO pr...


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Giant Rubber Duck


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More #Canada150Math Challenge 3 Act Fun! We are cruising through week 2 of the #Canada150Math Challenge and I was inspired by @NatashaMFolino to create the visuals for this task when she shared the following tweet on the #Canada150Math hashtag: https://twitter.com/NatashaMFolino/status/870701672011517952 For those who aren't aware, the Giant Rubber Duck will be making a visit to Toron...


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